Dianah Ward

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Why Your Employees Should Be Playing With Lego Robots

Two years ago, Swedish communications technology giant Ericsson found itself looking for a way to explain the value it saw in the Internet of Things. Rather than publish another whitepaper on the topic, the company struck on a different communication tool: Legos. More specifically, Lego …

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5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Small changes. Big results.<p>Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, …

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Increase Workplace Flexibility and Boost Performance

The potential benefits of workplace variability are numerous — increased morale, motivation, and the ability to attract and retain talent — yet many managers don’t know where to start. Others are afraid that performance could suffer or something important could fall through the cracks.<p>Even the most …

The Heretic’s Guide to Getting More Done

Are you working endlessly but not accomplishing all you want? Mystified that continuous attention to work is not resulting in satisfactory progress toward your goals? So focused on work that you’re not thinking about or doing much else? If so, you may not be giving your brain the benefit of …

Why You Should Stop Brainstorming

How many times have you been in a brainstorming session this week? Chances are the answer is, “More than I can count.” But no study has proven that brainstorming works well, even though it has been the go-to method for idea generation since 1953.<p>But there is an alternative. After researching why …

Know What Kind of Careerist You Are

Executives who combine work and family emphasize the importance of defining success for <i>themselves</i>. In our last blog post, we talked about objective versus subjective success — the difference between your quantifiable, Wikipediable list of accomplishments and your day-to-day emotional and …

An MBA Holds its Perceived Value, Even in Lean Times

Just as the Great Recession sent investors retreating to value positions in the stock market, it also heightened questions for anyone investing in higher education. In general, concerns with high tuitions, student debt loads, and student outcomes are fueling debates about whether the returns are …

Turn Your Next Interruption into an Opportunity

Modern life, particularly work life, has become increasingly hectic<b>.</b> There are relentless demands from meetings, emails, text messages, questions to answer, problems to solve, fires to put out. It can begin to feel like there is never any time to get “real work” done. If you feel overwhelmed by …

Coaching the Toxic Leader

Senior executives have the power to create an environment that allows people to grow and give their best—or a toxic workplace where everyone is unhappy. How executives end up using that power depends in part on their mental health. Sound, stable bosses generally build companies where the rules make …

Google’s Scientific Approach to Work-Life Balance (and Much More)

More than 65 years ago in Massachusetts, doctors began a longitudinal study that would transform our understanding of heart disease. The Framingham Heart Study, which started with more than 5,000 people and continues to this day, has become a data source for not just heart disease, but also for …

It’s Time for a New Discussion on “Women in Leadership”

The time has come to reframe the gender issue. The chancellor of Germany, the head of the IMF, and the chair of the US Federal Reserve are women. General Motors, IBM and Lockheed Martin are run by women. Sixty percent of the world’s university graduates are women, and women control the majority of …

How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity

<b>♦ Listen to Ed Catmull discuss managing creativity.</b><p>A few years ago, I had lunch with the head of a major motion picture studio, who declared that his central problem was not finding good people—it was finding good ideas. Since then, when giving talks, I’ve asked audiences whether they agree with …

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate

Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances.<p>For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. …

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Tell Your Whole Story in an Interview

I start job interviews with the same question every time: “Tell me about your path leading up to today. Why is this role the right fit for you now?”<p>What happens next is predictable:<p>“My first job out of college was at an international aid organization…”<p>“I worked for a number of years in publishing …

Creating a Culture of Quality

In most industries, quality has never mattered more. New technologies have empowered customers to seek out and compare an endless array of products from around the globe. Shoppers can click to find objective data compiled by experts at organizations such as Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and go …

Seven Things Great Employers Do (that Others Don’t)

For most people, paid work is unsettling and energy-sapping. Despite employee engagement racing up the priority list of CEOs (see, for example, The Conference Board’s CEO Challenge 2014), our research into workplaces all over the world reveals a sorry state of affairs: workers who are actively</i> …

A Shared Purpose Drives Collaboration

Imagine coming back home from work, calling the family into the living room, and urging everyone to collaborate more. Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Ever wondered what makes collaboration seem so natural at home but unnatural at work?<p>The answer: Purpose. Purpose is collaboration’s most unacknowledged …

The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century is Tedious, and that Needs to Change

As organizations collect increasingly large and diverse data sets, the demand for skilled data scientists will continue to rise. In fact, it was dubbed “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century” by HBR.<p>Unfortunately, the day-to-day reality of the role doesn’t quite match the romanticized …

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Stop Trying to Control People or Make Them Happy

Whether you’ve heard of them or not, two gurus from the early 20th century still dominate management thinking and practice — to our detriment. It has been more than 100 years since Frederick Taylor, an American engineer working in the steel business, published his seminal work on the principles of …

The Art of Corporate Endurance

From a young age we are taught to be fast.<p>As kids, we are rewarded for being the athlete with the greatest speed. At university, we are examined under time pressure. And in business life, CEOs incentivize and promote those senior executives who can get new ideas to market more quickly than …

How Old Are Silicon Valley’s Top Founders? Here’s the Data

Last week, The New Republic published a lengthy exploration of ageism in Silicon Valley, the idea that venture capitalists discriminate against older entrepreneurs and that start-ups discriminate against older job applicants. The central evidence was largely anecdotal: several well-worn quotes by …

7.6 billion reasons for retailers to invest in digital innovation: Mark Cameron

by Mark Cameron<p>Why has the performance of Australian businesses in the field of digital innovation fallen so far behind their counterparts in the UK, …